New Sun Valley middle school gets name

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SUN VALLEY, Nev. (KOLO) -- UPDATE: The name of the new middle school in Sun Valley will be Desert Skies. The name was decided at a school board meeting March 13, 2018.

Options were Sun Valley, Michael Landsberry and Desert Skies.

ORIGINAL STORY: Crews have taken over an 80-acre parcel just north of Sun Valley Boulevard and are clearing the way for construction of Sun Valley's new middle school. It's a long time coming for people living in the area.

"When I moved here 17 years ago, I was told we would get a middle school in Sun Valley and we are finally getting it so I am excited to see this happen," says Carme Ortiz, a trustee on the Sun Valley General Improvement District. She says it's going to bring more cohesion to the community that has always had to send its kids to schools in Reno, Sparks and Spanish Springs.

"At some point, our kids were bussed to Billinghurst from Sun Valley for middle school, so this is a welcome change," she says.

The school will serve students from sixth to eighth grade, which means it will relieve some of the overcrowding in elementary schools in the area.

"There's going to be some zoning changes that will go through the zoning committee," says Traci Davis, Superintendent for the Washoe County School District. "Part of that is moving some of those sixth grade students into the middle school so that will make space in the elementary school so the elementary schools are not so overcrowded."

As one of the 15 schools the Washoe County School District plans to build over the next decade using funds generated by WC-1, this two-story middle school will have a modern look and it will be built to last.

"This school will be here for 50 years at least," says Travis Coombs, Project Manager with CORE Construction. "It's steel and masonry. It doesn't get any more durable than that."

Coombs says crews will continue to work on clearing the land over the next few months. He hopes to start construction of the school in March and it is expected to open in August 2019.